Zulu Royal Household Caught in Battle Over Who Succeeds the Late King

Zulu Royal Household Caught in Battle Over Who Succeeds the Late King

- The battle for the throne of the Zulu kingdom is heating up as the matter is taken to the Pietermaritzburg High Court

- The validity of traditional marriages is being questioned versus a civil marriage

- The signature on the will is also under scrutiny as concerns of a forgery as being raised

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In the wake of the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Zulu royal household has been plunged into chaos.

A fierce battle is being waged over who will succeed the late king. The fight to decide who takes the throne has gone to the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Zulu Royal Household Caught in Battle Over Who Succeeds the Late King
The battle over the Zulu royal throne has escalated to the point where matters are heading to court. Photo credit: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
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MaDlamini, Zwelithini's first wife, is challenging the will which dictates who will take the throne.

Initial rumours had hinted at the escalation in the battle of succession. These have now been confirmed.

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MaDlamini is contesting the validity of the traditional marriages which took place after a civil one.

Another aspect of the will is being challenged. According to a statement released by MaDlamini's public relations company, the validity of the signature on the will is being questioned.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that a cultural expert, Shihawu Ngubane recently shared his professional opinion on the sudden passing of Queen Mantfombi who died on Thursday this week. According to Ngubane, the royal family needs to appoint a successor to the throne immediately.

Ngubane states that failure to place a suitable family member on the throne will inevitably result in a contestation between family members.

His thoughts echo those of the traditional Zulu Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who said that he expects the royal family to appoint a new King immediately to avoid any such struggles for power between family members.

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In other news, the Zulu royal family will reportedly be meeting with the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's lawyers on Wednesday to discuss who will be his successor. Sources have revealed that the royal household confirmed that Queen Mantfombi Dlamini will be regent.

Queen Mantfombi is the person who will reportedly appoint the late Zulu monarch's successor from one of her sons. Prince Misuzulu Zulu is Queen Mantfombi's firstborn son and may be the person who succeeds the King.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi stated that further updates concerning the meeting on Wednesday, 24 March will be made public.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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